High school footbal preview capsules for Week 3

Friday, September 7, 2012

Farmington (1-1) at Jackson (2-0)

Last week: Farmington 45, Trinity Catholic 8; Jackson 43, Vianney 14

Last year: Farmington 50, Jackson 14

Outlook: Many Jackson fans will get their first look at the school's retooled program as the Indians make their home debut tonight.

The Indians are off to their first 2-0 start since the 2007 season under first-year coach Brent Eckley.

This game, involving two spread offenses, has the potential to be a high-scoring affair based on Jackson's offensive capability demonstrated the first two weeks and Farmington's historical production.

The Indians have flexed muscle on both offense and defense. The Indians rang up more than 600 yards of offense in an opening win against North County and then shut down an elite running back in a win against Vianney in Week 2. The Indians have outscored their two opponents a combined 91-35. Jackson's point total is only 37 points shy of its entire season production in 2011. The Indians are averaging 520 yards of total offense.

The Indians held Vianney to 147 yards of total offense in last week's rain, including just 45 yards rushing by an attack that included Division I college prospect Markel Smith, who ran for nearly 300 yards a week earlier.

"They played hard and pretty well defensively," Eckley said about his team.

Jackson junior quarterback Ty Selsor is averaging 282.5 yards passing per game and has completed 20 of 30 passes (66.7 percent). Senior Brannon Wright leads the Indians with 11 catches for 335 yards. Wright missed several games his junior season with a leg injury and finished the year with just five catches for 83 yards. He leads the team with five touchdowns -- three receiving and two rushing. Junior running back Colten Proffer is second with four touchdowns -- two rushing, two receiving -- and leads the team with 155 yards rushing on 19 carries (8.2 yards per carry).

Jackson has lost to Farmington the last four seasons, including routs in the last two meetings. Farmington has posted totals of 61 and 50 points against Jackson the last two years, outscoring the Indians 111-33.

Farmington bounced back from a 16-13 loss to Festus in the opening week with its Week 2 rout of Trinity Catholic. The Knights have had to reload an offense that features its third starting quarterback in three seasons.

Junior quarterback Justin Boehm was 8 of 22 passing for 103 yards vs. Festus in his debut. He had 22 carries for 49 yards.

"Festus just did a real good job defending them," Eckley said. "But we still think they're dangerous, though. They lost a lot of good football players last year, but when you're a good football program you expect the next year's group to step in and take over and reload, and not rebuild, and I'm sure that's what they're expecting."

Farmington had much better production against a weaker opponent last week, leading Trinity 42-0 at halftime.

Junior running back Colten Coulter leads the Knights' running attack with 21 carries for 130 yards.

Senior Jared Dunlap and senior Evan Dunivan lead the receiving corps.

Central (1-1) at Poplar Bluff (2-0),

Last week: Central 28, St. Charles West 7; Poplar Bluff 14, Dexter 7

Last year: Central 35, Poplar Bluff 20

Outlook: The Tigers, coming off their first victory, have won this SEMO Conference matchup the last two seasons.

The Tigers bounced back nicely from a Week 1 loss to John Burroughs, the top-ranked team in Class 3, with a strong performance against St. Charles West. The Tigers jumped out to a 21-0 lead by halftime and held the Warriors to only 79 yards of offense until the closing minutes.

"The defense played well, but there's always room for improvement," Central coach Nathan Norman said. "That's what we've been preaching this week."

Senior running back Jacob Campbell has been Central's top rusher in both games thus far. Campbell averages 9.8 yards a carry and has 177 yards on the season. Senior Chris Martin is next with 111 yards and a 4.8 average. The Tigers have averaged 300 yards of offense, with the bulk on the ground. The Tigers average 243 yards rushing and 57.5 passing.

"We're trying to be more balanced," Norman said. "We're also trying to be more consistent on offense and defense."

The Tigers' defense is yielding 205.5 yards a game,

Poplar Bluff is 2-0 for the first time since 2003.

Poplar Bluff posted a shutout against Union in Week 1 and has allowed just seven points on the season.

The Mules scored 14 points in the second half to rally from a 7-0 halftime deficit against Dexter last week.

Quarterback Kortez Ellis threw touchdown passes to Kimbrayl Miller and Collin Jones in the win.

"They're more balanced than we are," Norman said. "They throw and run the ball about equal."

Central junior center/linebacker Scottie Thomas is questionable for tonight's game after missing last week's game with a strained hip flexor.

St. Vincent (1-1) at Valle Catholic (1-1)

Last week: Scott City 29, St. Vincent 20; Ste. Genevieve 33, Valle 14

Last year: Valle 48, St. Vincent 7

Outlook: These Class 1 rivals both played up in class last week and suffered their first loss of the season.

Valle, the two-time defending Class 1 state champion, fell to crosstown rival Ste. Genevieve, ranked No. 5 in Class 3. St. Vincent lost for the third consecutive year to Class 2 Scott City.

The Warriors are ranked No. 4 in Class 1.

Valle, which owns 11 state championships, opened its season with a 61-0 blasting of first-year varsity program Father Tolton in Columbia, Mo.

St. Vincent and Valle met in the second week of district play last season.

Valle has won the last four meetings in the rivalry by a combined score of 210-29.

"They have a young team, but a lot of those kids got a lot of valuable playing time last year in the second half," St. Vincent coach Paul Sauer said. "They're just kind of reloaded again."

Junior Nolan Wood has taken over the quarterback duties in Valle's spread offense, but that doesn't mean the Warriors are in rebuilding mode. Last year Michael Wehner assumed the starting duties for the first time and directed Valle to its second consecutive state title. The Warriors also graduated most of their offensive line but still have good size up front.

"They were beating Ste. Gen at halftime, and I think Ste. Gen just kind of wore them down and took advantage in the second half," Sauer said.

The Warriors led 14-6 at halftime but were outscored 27-0 in the second half.

Senior Trevor Klump was among the Warriors' top receivers last season. Klump leads the team with seven catches. Justin Roth leads Valle with 158 yards receiving on four catches.

Tyler Fallert is the Warriors' top rusher with 12 carries for 136 yards.

Hayti (0-2) at Chaffee (1-1)

Last week: Charleston 20, Hayti 14; St. Pius 16, Chaffee 8 (2OT)

Last year: Hayti 26, Chaffee 6

Outlook: The Red Devils look to get back in stride offensively after sophomore quarterback Peyton Montgomery missed last week's game with an undisclosed medical condition.

Chaffee coach Charlie Vickery said Montgomery, who completed 19 of 24 passes for 342 yards in a season-opening win against Grandview, has been cleared to play.

"It's huge getting him back," Vickery said.

Vickery termed junior running back/receiver Charlie Montgomery as "very questionable." Montgomery, last season's leading receiver, missed the season opener with a high ankle sprain and carried just three times for 12 yards against St. Pius last week.

"He's getting better all the time, but I just hate to put him out there unless he's 100 percent," Vickery said.

Hayti has won 13 straight games against Chaffee.

Senior Karnard Humes is again at quarterback for the Indians, who lost junior running back Dylan Riddick for the season with a knee injury in a loss to Thayer in Week 1.

"They are definitely quarterback driven," Vickery said. "[Humes] is the guy that makes them go. You have to concentrate on him."

Scott City (2-0) at East Prairie (0-2)

Last week: Scott City 29, St. Vincent 20; Grandview 44, East Prairie 12

Last year: Scott City 28, East Prairie 0

Outlook: The Rams have their first 2-0 start in coach Jim May's four seasons and are shooting for their first 3-0 start since 2007.

"It's great to be winning, but it can all fall apart in a heartbeat. We have to stay on task," May said.

The Scott City defense, which May said missed numerous tackles in its season-opening overtime win against Herculaneum, forced the game's only two turnovers against St. Vincent in last week's rain-soaked win.

"We could have came away with three interceptions very easily but we couldn't catch the ball," May said. "But we did a little better. We tackled a little better, but we're still working on it. We're a work in progress, I guess. We have to get where we can put people on the ground."

Scott City senior running back Travis Phillips has topped 100 yards in both games this season. Phillips, who rushed for more than 800 yards in six games last season, has 299 yards rushing and averages 5.1 yards a carry.

East Prairie is coming off a 1-9 season and has lost 13 of its last 14 games.

East Prairie has lost its first two games by an average score of 42-6.

May said the Eagles possess speed at running back.

"If we miss tackles this week, they could be touchdowns," May said.

Rams junior starting linebacker Gordon Bradley is questionable for tonight's game after missing last week with a strained knee ligament.

Perryville (2-0) at Potosi (2-0)

Last week: Perryville 13, Lift For Life 12; Potosi 13, Pacific 6

Last year: Perryville 35, Potosi 34

Outlook: Potosi is the lone opponent from Perryville's 2011 schedule that is looking for revenge. The Pirates collected their only win of last season in a one-point thriller in Week 4.

Perryville is playing its second game in five days after last week's game was postponed and played Monday.

The Pirates overcame nine fumbles -- three lost -- to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2007. It's also the Pirates' first winning streak since 2008. The Pirates already have matched their win total from the previous three seasons combined.

"We're trying to take care of some things this week in practice that we didn't do so well Monday -- clean up some blocking schemes," Perryville second-year coach Mike Wojtczuk said. "We need to do a better job of taking care of the football."

The Pirates rushed for 285 yards against Lift For Life, including 148 yards by junior Cody Crawford on 26 carries.

Potosi already has matched its win total from last year's 2-8 season. The Trojans are off to their first 2-0 start since their unbeaten regular season in 2009. Potosi had a tougher time in Week 2 after an opening 55-7 rout of Confluence Prep.

Senior quarterback Aaron Vinson directs a Potosi offense that uses a variety of formations. Senior running back Dusty Wideman leads the running attack, and the Trojans also utilize senior tight end Dakota Glore extensively.

-- Jeff Breer

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